Do you know the difference?
There is a general perception that “logo design” and “branding” are the same thing. Sometimes these two terms are even used as synonyms. However, although they are closely related and must work together in a cohesive way, but they are a very different process. Logo design is the process of designing a logo. And branding the process to build a brand. Therefore, to better understand the difference between logo design and branding, it is important to first define the concepts of a logo and a brand.
What is a Logo?
A logo is an easily recognizable graphic symbol that identifies a company, a commercial product, or any public or private entity. It is one of the ways to distinguish a brand in a competitive world, full of graphic elements that try to attract our attention every day. A logo is generally a combination of typographies, graphics/symbols, and colors. It is a graphic element that is part of the visual identity of a brand.
What is a brand?
A brand is the idea or image people have in mind when thinking about specific products, services, and activities of a company, both in a practical and emotional way. This combination of physical and emotional cues is triggered when exposed to all the touchpoints between a person and a specific brand. These can be the brand name, logo, products, visual identity, staff, or advertising – amongst others.
What’s the difference?
Logo design is the process of designing a logo.
Branding is the process of building a brand. To be more specific, it is a strategy designed by companies to help people to quickly identify their products and organization, and give them a reason to choose their products over the competition. A branding strategy clarifies what a particular brand is and is not.
Branding can be done through the use of different tools. Some elements that are used in a branding strategy are:
- Brand definition: purpose, values, promise
- Brand positioning statement
- Brand identity: name, tone of voice, visual identity design, which includes the logo design.
- Advertising and communications: TV, radio, magazines, outdoor ads, website, mobile apps…
- Sponsoring and partnerships
- Product and packaging design
- In-store experience
- Workspace experience and management style
- Customer service
- Pricing strategy
Logo design is one of the tools used to design the visual identity of a brand.
Why is the logo so important for branding purposes?
Although a logo is only one of the elements of branding, it will most likely appear on the majority of touchpoints with customers and other stakeholders, such as the website, brochures, stationery, product, packaging, ads, uniforms, stores, and so on.
“Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.” — Jeff Bezos CEO/Founder Amazon
A logo can therefore be considered as one of the main graphic elements that allow people to quickly identify an organization, its products, and services. And quite often, it will be the first thing people will use to identify you.
Here is why a well-designed logo is so important:
- A well-designed logo allows people to quickly identify and recall your brand
A logo is one of the main points of identification for your clients. It will help them to detect your brand in a few seconds, across different channels and touchpoints.
- It creates consistency over different communication channels
In today’s world, businesses and organizations exist on various platforms, including websites, blogs, social media, events, leaflets, brochures, business cards, etc. Having a multipurpose logo will allow you to appropriately represent your brand in a consistent way across all different communication channels.
- It is part of your brand identity
The logo of your brand or organization will be part of your (visual) brand identity. This is very important because it will be one of the main tools to graphically reflect your brand name, values, and personality to the rest of the people you communicate with.
- It fosters a professional image and raises expectations
People expect a brand to have a professional look, starting with its logo. A good logo design made by an expert designer will make your brand stand out, but also look more reliable and trustworthy. Hiring a logo designer will increase your chances to have a logo that is unique, innovative, and reflecting your brand’s identity.
- It will distinguish your brand from the competition
Brands can play with logo design to differentiate themselves from the competition. The use of different colors, shapes, styles, and typographies for the logo design are a great way to show what your brand is and is not, as compared to the competitors. A relevant logo design will also help people recall the brand within the industry.
- It can facilitate an emotional connection with your clients and boost brand loyalty
People should instantly connect with your brand when they see your logo. A good logo design will help enhance people’s memory of your business and how it makes them feel. If the feeling is positive, whether the person is a potential client, employee or provider, the logo will contribute to their emotional connection with the brand, amongst the other elements of your branding strategy.